Patricia Harrison, CEO of CPB, Responds to Today's House Vote
- For Immediate Release on March 17, 2011
The following statement should be attributed to Patricia Harrison, president and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting:
Today, the House passed a bill that would significantly restrict public broadcasting stations' ability to acquire programming that they feel best serves the needs of their communities.
Every day, these stations serve the informational and educational needs of the public with programming that contributes to the health and well-being of the country in a way that would not be possible without federal support. The American people overwhelmingly agree that public broadcasting is a service worthy of the federal investment.
At a time when international events, such as the recent uprisings in Libya and the earthquake in Japan, have a direct and immediate impact on this country, public media serves as a trusted source for informative, in-depth coverage of international, national and local news. Rather than penalize public broadcasting, the debate should focus on strengthening and supporting this valuable national asset.
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967, is the steward of the federal government's investment in public broadcasting. It helps support the operations of more than 1,400 locally-owned and -operated public television and radio stations nationwide, and is the largest single source of funding for research, technology, and program development for public radio, television and related online services.